Matinicus pier project to begin in early fall

By Kim Lincoln | Jul 23, 2014
Courtesy of: Maine DOT Work is expected to begin this fall on the Matinicus Island pier.

Matinicus — A $345,000 pier rehabilitation project is anticipated to begin on Matinicus in early fall.

The project includes the replacement of all fender piles with Green Heart piles, new timber members, blocking, replacement of a portion of the concrete deck and an allowance for adding in additional lighting for the safety of users, according to the Maine Department of Transportation.

Green Heart wood is almost immune to decay and is more resistant to marine wood borers than any of the hundreds of species of timber so far used for piling, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The state will be coordinating construction with the Maine State Ferry Service so it will not interfere with normal ferry operation. Coordination will also occur with local officials to minimize disruption of the use of the pier, according to DOT. Fendering will be removed in sections to allow limited use of the pier at all times, but concrete work will limit the use of the pier for up to two weeks.

Any inquires regarding this project may be directed to the attention of Project Manager Catherine Rand at the Maine Department of Transportation, Multimodal Program, 16 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0016. She can also be reached by phone at 624-3451 or email at

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